Dec 22, 2012 11:00am PST
in hawaii where the president is spending the christmas holiday. brianna, the president maybe a little too optimistic that a deal can be reached? aloha, by the way. >> he did say last night that he is a hopeless optimist that something can get done, but what we know, it's not going to be that big package, obviously of deficit reduction as well as dealing with these tax hikes that are set to kick in. that's not what's going to be happening, instead, he's pressing for something smaller just to a deal with stopping those tax hikes from kicking in for americans making $250,000 per year or less. and also trying to make sure that unemployment benefits are extended. listen to what president obama said last night and also listen to what some of the house republican resistance from speaker boehner to his sort of short-term plan here. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction.
Dec 22, 2012 7:00am PST
this holiday in hawaii. this is new video of them arriving at the air force base from overnight. the president said he will be back in washington next week to deal with the budget but he is not the only one leaving town. republicans and democrats, senators and representatives all headed home for the holidays before reaching any agreement on ways to avoid end of the year tax hikes and budget cuts. the house speaker used the gop weekly address to say republicans will maintain their focus on reaching a deal. >> i have challenged the members of our party to grapple with these issues, to make choices and we are willing to because washington has a serious spending problem. this was the year of the size our debt, all 16 trillon dollars of it passed the size of our economy. it's a grim milestone. >> both sides continue to blame the other for not compromising. with no agreement the budget cuts and tax hikes will go into effect january 1st. >> it's more likely than ever that eastern and gulfports will be shut down by a strike. nearly 15,000 dock workers at ports from boston to houston are ready to wa
Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
. >> reporter: shortly before he left for hawaii president obama urged congressional leaders to address a smaller plan to avert the fiscal cliff because his talk with speaker boehner on a smaller deal have stalled. >> i met them halfway on taxes, and i met them more than halfway on spending. >> reporter: that was not speaker boehner's take earlier in the day. >> what the president has proposed so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problem. he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. >> reporter: but boehner's position was weakened after he tried but failed to pass his own plan in the house. >> as you know the house did not take up the tax bill last night because we didn't have the votes to pass it. it's not the outcome that i wanted, but that was the will of the house. >> now president obama says boehner and other congressional leaders should put together a peared down package that keeps middle class tax cuts extends unemployment benefits and lays the groundwork for more debt reduction next year. >> nobody gets 100%
Dec 21, 2012 11:00pm PST
two weeks until the new year and the president is about to leave for hawaii, and congress is going to be gone for christmas, too, and you know there is no more effective motivator for capitol hill than pressure, and they have it right now. what the president has done today is he has laid out a scaled down version of a fiscal cliff deal, you know, keeping tax cuts in place for 98% of americans, extending unemployment insurance, and laying out a plan, a down payment on a promise to do entitlement reform and also made a pitch to the american people to only blame republicans if there is no deal. so it is a two-pronged attack that he makes right before taking off on vacation. so right now, you know, the plan is basically to keep the pressure on, and we know both sides are planning to come back at some point after christmas and try to get something worked out, but no overt optimism coming really from the aides on either side right now. we'll see, soledad. i will tell you folks right now are planning to make new year's eve plans here in washington, d.c. we're not so sure we're getting out